According to reports, this year’s Apple Watch could feature a better screen and updated ultra-wideband support, while more significant improvements like temperature and blood glucose tracking will not appear until later models.
Apple is also reportedly planning a follow-up to last year’s more affordable Apple Watch SE, as well as a new extreme sports-focused model for 2022.
The improvements to this year’s model, which is most probably going to be called the Series 7, appear to be minor. Its display bezels are said to be thinner, and a new lamination method could reduce the space between the display and the front cover. After making its Apple wearable debut in last year’s Series 6, the watch’s ultra-wideband support could also be improved.
However, Apple’s wearable could see significant advances in the next years. A new blood glucose monitoring feature, which might automatically track blood sugar levels for diabetics without requiring them to prick a finger to obtain blood, is at the top of the list.
A new body temperature monitoring feature is also on the way, which has reportedly experienced a spike in interest as a result of the pandemic. According to reports, the temperature sensor could debut in the watch’s 2022 update, but blood glucose monitoring is still many years away.
As per the previous reports, Apple is considering introducing a rugged smartwatch aimed at extreme sports users. It now reported that this model, internally referred to as an “explorer” or “adventure” edition, is unlikely to release this year, and could arrive in 2022.